It has been a popular week for man's best friend in New York and at Bonhams. The doggie-centric week kicked off this past Sunday with Barkfest, a doggy brunch and art preview hosted at Bonhams along with the American Kennel Club©. After the Westminster Kennel Club dog show judging Tuesday night, attention moved to the Bonhams annual Dogs in Show & Field: The Fine Art Sale. The auction room was filled with avid canine art collectors vying for their favourite breed. Strong bidding went beyond New York with active online and phone bidding from a global audience.
Alan Fausel, Bonhams Vice President and Director of Fine Art, states about the sale, "This was the best Dogs in Show & Field sale we have had in years and I am delighted with the results. The dog art market is certainly turning a corner."
Consummate canine artist William Henry Hamilton Trood broke two world records in the sale. Déjeuner was his first work up for auction in the sale and it quickly smashed its pre-sale estimate of $50,000-70,000, ultimately claiming $194,500, a new world record for the artist. But, an hour later, the newly established record was surpassed by Hounds in a Kennel, one of the most exquisite paintings in the sale, which sold for $212,500 (pre-sale est. $60,000-80,000).
Most of the top ten lots of the sale came from the Sporting section, including three paintings by a leading American painter of hunting dogs, Percival Leonard Rosseau. His English Setters on Point sold for $74,500 (pre-sale est. $40,000-60,000); his Three Hunting Dogs Stalking Game sold for $37,500 (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000); and his A Setter and a Pointer on a Riverbank sold for $37,500 (pre-sale $30,000-50,000).
Other highlights to the Sporting section included 31 paintings by Reuben Ward Binks, who regularly painted for the Royal family. This group of paintings from one private collection sold for 300% over their combined estimate. Also of note was John Emms' Hounds at Rest, selling for $80,500 (pre-sale est. $70,000-90,000) and Arthur Wardle's Pointers on a Moor, selling for $42,500 (pre-sale est. $15,000-20,000).
In the Genre section of the sale, Buffet Crasher by F. de Wit fell right within its pre-sale estimate of $20,000-30,000, selling for $25,000. This charming representation of a dog dining on leftovers atop the table after a formal meal, found quite the following during the sale's previews.
Julie Saunders Guinta
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com